PEOPLE WITH RESILIENCE

MEET HALIMA

JRS teachers record an English lesson at a studio in Herat, Afghanistan to be broadcast to students to support remote learning.

(Jesuit Refugee Service)

Halima is a student at Bamiyan University in Afghanistan. In April 2020, Afghanistan shut down in-person learning in classrooms and promoted remote learning. Due to the lack of electricity and other infrastructure, people in remote and mountainous regions like Bamiyan have little access to TV or internet, so remote learning was even more challenging. To help ensure displaced people in Bamiyan could still receive an education, JRS launched English language lesson broadcasts (from beginner to intermediate levels) on the radio in May 2020. During the 30-minute broadcasts, two JRS teachers run the English lesson through dialogue, providing time for students to call and seek clarifications via mobile phone.

 

“I am happy to have JRS English language lessons on the radio. It is a great opportunity and will help us to continue learning even during the lockdown,” says Halima.

 

Thanks to generous contributions from JRS/USA supporters, we were able to continue to educate students like Halima, even as travel and social distancing restrictions kept them out of the classroom.

“I am happy to have JRS English language lessons on the radio. It is a great opportunity and will help us to continue learning even during the lockdown”

Learn more about how JRS adapted education programs around the world.

MEET HEBA

Heba Al Basha leads Jesuit Refugee Service’s work in Lebanon. As the country director, she and her team have continued to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees during an incredibly challenging year, navigating through COVID-19, a disastrous explosion in Beirut, and intense political tension within the country.

Heba and her team care very deeply for the people they accompany and are committed to being with them. “Now more than ever, refugees need someone to stand by them and to walk with them so that they can heal, learn, and determine their own future,” she said.

Heba is remarkable, but she is also one of more than 50 amazing country directors who have navigated the last year to continue to accompany the hundreds of thousands of refugees and forcibly displaced people whom JRS serves. “I am happy to have JRS English language lessons on the radio. It is a great opportunity and will help us to continue learning even during the lockdown,” says Halima.

 

Thanks to generous contributions from JRS/USA supporters, we were able to continue to educate students like Halima, even as travel and social distancing restrictions kept them out of the classroom.

“Now more than ever, refugees need someone to stand by them and to walk with them so that they can heal, learn, and determine their own future"

Learn more about Heba’s team and their response in 2020.

MEET FR. RICHARD

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Fr. Richard Sotelo, S.J., leads a program at the Service Processing Center for detained
undocumented immigrants in El Paso, Texas.
(Christian Fuchs/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Fr. Richard Sotelo, S.J. leads JRS/USA’s Detention Chaplaincy Program and has been with JRS/USA for over 20 years. The program provides pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in five US federal detention centers located in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New York. In the last year, his work was dramatically impacted by the pandemic, but his love for those he serves and commitment to accompany them has continued, even in detention.

 

“Each member of our field staff endeavors to swim in this vein of generosity and openness — to once again respond to the continuing face of human suffering and tragedy in our midst, in this time, in our world,” he shared.

 

In 2020, the program, in spite of all the challenges, still supported 3,400 people.

“Each member of our field staff endeavors to swim in this vein of generosity and openness"

Learn more about how our JRS/USA chaplaincy teams have responded in 2020.